University of Liege,
Maps of Sart-Tilman (click to enlarge)
LiegeLiege stands at the crossroads of Europe. It is the metropolis of the Meuse-Rhine "Euregio" which includes the Liege, Aachen and Maastricht areas. Only 30 kms from the Netherlands and 45 kms from Germany, it lies at the very centre of a seven branch-network of motorways on the TGV route London-Brussels-Berlin. It is the third-biggest fluvial port in Europe, a conference centre, the host to international fairs and the economic capital of the Walloon region.
Liege in BelgiumFrench, Dutch and German are Belgium's three official languages. An invisible linguistic border divides the country roughly into two parts: the French-speaking South called Wallonia and the Dutch-speaking North. There is also a German-speaking area along the German border. Brussels is an important bilingual entity (French-Dutch), with a French-speaking majority.
Liege boasts a long cultural and artistic tradition, including an opera house and company, a philharmonic orchestra and prestigious museums. It is the hometown of Simenon, Grétry and César Franck. It also offers a great variety of leisure activities with 150 restaurants, 50 cinemas and theatres and 6,600 shops.
Liege is an urban area of 620,000 inhabitants (200,000 in the city). It has a long industrial tradition (founded by an Englishman, John Cockerill, at the beginning of the industrial revolution), based mainly on the steel industry, mechanical construction and precision engineering as well as on electronics and chemistry. There are many small and medium-sized companies working for the export market.
A cosmopolitan city, its foreign population amounts to 12.5% of the total population. Its landscape is exceptionally varied with its parks, surrounding woods and fields, the Domaine du Sart Tilman, the Ourthe and the Meuse valleys and the nature reserve "les Fagnes".
Belgium in Europe
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